For Immediate Release

October 20, 2017

Harris County, TX – In commemoration of National Pro Bono Week (October 23-29) Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA) honors the Civil Practice and Immigration Clinics at the University of Houston Law Center with it’s 2017 Community Partner Award.  LSLA Pro Bono Awards recognize attorneys, law firms, and community partners who donate their time and legal expertise to ensure that all eligible residents within its service area have equal access to the courts and legal representation.

Both the Civil Practice Clinic and the Immigration Clinic have been strong supporters of LSLA – Houston’s mission. Professor Janet Heppard serves as the Director of Clinical Studies and often accepts referrals of LSLA clients for her students. Professor Geoffrey Hoffman oversees the immigration clinic and has been most generous with his time and expertise, both accepting referrals from LSLA and mentoring pro bono attorneys who also agreed to accept immigration case referrals.

Professors, Heppard and Hoffman will be formally recognized on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, during LSLA’s 2017 Pro Bono Award Reception in Houston. Their hard work and dedication on behalf of low-income area residents will be commemorated with certificates of appreciation from LSLA signed by Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, Court Liaison for the Texas Access to Justice Commission, and LSLA’s C.E.O. Paul Furrh, Jr.

Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations. Lone Star Legal Aid serves the millions of people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines that reside in 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and also 4 counties of southwest Arkansas. Lone Star Legal Aid focuses its resources on maintaining, enhancing, and protecting income and economic stability; preserving housing;  improving outcomes for children; establishing and sustaining family safety and stability, health and well‐being; and assisting populations with special vulnerabilities, such as those who have disabilities, or who are elderly, homeless, or have limited English language skills. To learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid, visit our website at

Media contact: Clarissa Ayala,

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